William C. Turrel Ancestry Search
By Nancy Tyrrel Theodore, April 2010
This article is written to support the ancestry assigned to William C. Turrell in "Bible Record for William C.6 Turrel" on this site, i.e., William C.6, Caleb5-4, Daniel3-2, Roger1.
The first U. S. Census reference for Willilam C. Turrel of New Millford, CT, who removed to
|Turrell, Wm. C.||3m under 10; 1m 10 thru 15; 2m 16 thru 25; 1m 26 thru 44;|
|1f under 10; 1f under 10; 2f 26 thru 44|
Susquehanna and Luzerne counties were once a part of
1820 United States Federal Census, Bridgewater, Susquehanna co., PA (Ancestry image #1):
|Turrel, William C.||1m to 10; 1m 10 to 16; 1m 16 to 18; 2m 16 to 26; 1m 26 to 45; 1m 45 & up|
|1f to 10; 1f 10 to 16; 1f 16 to 26; 1f 26 to 45|
|Turrel, David||3m to 10; 1m 10 to 16; 1m 26 to 45|
|1f to 10; 1f 16 to 26; 1f26 to 45|
In 1820, the eldest male in William's household is age 45 and up... so this could either be William and a mistake was made with his age, or William's or his wife's father. In David's household the eldest male is 26 to 45, and since William C.'s son would have been only about 17 (b. 1803), the second entry is William's brother as you'll see from the following.
Blackman's History of
"Col. Turrell's log-house was on that part of his farm now owned by Dr. N. P. Cornwell, on the same side of the road as the house of the latter but west of it, on the flat. The place was known by the name of 'Turrell's Flat.'
In 1811 he was chosen Lt.-Col. of the 129th Regiment
William's C.'s wife, Esther, is identified in the "Genealogy of the Olmsted Family in America" which says that Esther Olmsted was b. 30 Jun 1783 (notice that deviates a year from the Bible record) and m. William C. Turrell. Her father is David Olmsted of Susquehanna, PA, d. 29 Nov 1829, who moved to
Blackman's History of Susquehannaa says of the Olmsteads, page 361: "David Olmstead was [here] in as early as 1802. He was born in Norwalk, Connecticut; was a soldier of the Revolution, in the northern campaign under Gen. Gates, also with Washington in his retreat from New York, and at Ticonderoga. One of the marked features of his character was a devoted attachment to the faith of the Protestant Episcopal church. He died in Jessup (then
So, it appears there was a family group that moved to
In TAGc on page 51 is: Caleb5, b. at New Milford 10 Nov. 1742; m. at
Based on this reasonable scenario, William C. Turrel descends from Roger1 thus: William C.6, Caleb5-4, Daniel3-2, Roger1 Terrill of Milford, CT. Further, it is plausible that the 'O' in David O.'s name stands for Olmsted, which may reflect a family trend to use the mother's maiden name as a middle name. Thus the 'C' in William C.'s name could stand for Cogswell, or even Caleb, either of which would strengthen the connection to Caleb.
It seems the Bible record was made by William's daughter, Catharine, who m. Benjamin Hickox. They can be found on the 1860 census at Newbury, Geauga co., OH (Ancestry image #15). Benjamin is age 62, b. CT, a farmer and physician. Catherine is age 50 (1810) b. PA and their four children were all born in
Catharine is on the 1880 census (age 70, b. PA, father b. CT, mother b. CT) wife of Benjamin Hickox, retired physician, in
a History of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, by Emily C. Blackman, Philadelphia 1873.
b Marriage Records and Death Records 1816-1849 copied from the Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania Newspapers, by Jeanne E. S. Harrington, 1922.
c TAG or The American Genealogist, Volume 25, "The Terrill Family of